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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?

2. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.

3. It becomes obvious to Jo that Lady Dedlock ___________.

4. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?

5. What des Mrs. Snagsby suspect about Jo?

Short Essay Questions

1. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?

2. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?

3. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?

4. What is the point of Esther, Ada, and Richard spending a night at the Jellybys'? What does Dickens accomplish with this break in their journey toward Bleak House?

5. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?

6. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?

7. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?

8. Describe Mrs. Jellyby's compassion for humanity. Is she a rational person?

9. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?

10. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Find two pieces of literary criticism on Bleak House that do not agree with one another. Write an essay that provides your own opinion of the criticisms, whether you agree or disagree with them, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Jarndyce v. Jarndyce comes to an end, just as Esther's adult life begins to take form. In its wake, the lawsuit has swept away many people, and the plot of the story has been cleaned up and tied up. What is Dickens trying to say, with Esther now being a happy woman, the misunderstandings smoothed out, Miss Flite's birds being free, and other semi-happy endings offered in Bleak House?

Essay Topic 3

Dickens describes Tulkinghorn's funeral as having many empty carriages for absent mourners. Research this practice and write an essay on its origins, its meaning, and its demise.

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